Create Your Paleo Pantry
Following a Paleo diet is all about eating fresh and avoiding processed foods. If you're trying to keep more Paleo ingredients on hand in your kitchen, now is the perfect time to clean out your refrigerator and pantry to make room for fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and more!
Start with Fruit
Stock up on fresh and dried fruit—the Paleo diet includes all kinds of fruits. If you're buying dried fruits, be sure to choose no-sugar-added, unsulfured brands. Also, stick to only fruit-juice-sweetened dried cranberries and tart cherries, unless you're buying them fresh, of course.
Go Green with Lots of Veggies
When buying fresh vegetables and herbs, there are only three to avoid: corn, white potatoes, and peas (including sugar snap peas and snow peas). Otherwise, you're free to load up your plate with whatever fresh veggies you choose. All dried herbs are OK, too—just make sure to avoid spice blends with additives and preservatives.
Make Room for Meat, Poultry, and Eggs
Don't worry: You don't have to limit yourself to fruits and veggies. Meat is also a big part of many Paleo recipes. Stock up on any cuts of beef, bison, pork, chicken, and turkey—and don't forget the eggs! If you're buying beef, keep in mind that grass-fed is best, but not a necessity.
Don't Forget Seafood
With the exception of tilapia, you can stock up on any seafood you want! Make a few classic salmon or shrimp recipes, or be more daring and give clams or mussels a try.
Add Flavor with Condiments
Don't forget condiments! Keep classic condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, fish sauce, and vinegar (except for rice vinegar) on your shelf. Just make sure they're preservative-free with no added sugar.
Enjoy a Sweet Treat
Eating Paleo foods doesn't mean you have to give up sugar entirely. Just use natural sweeteners instead, and enjoy them in moderation. Try sweetening your Paleo desserts with honey, agave, or pure maple syrup.
Paleo Snacks, Drinks, and Canned Goods
You don't have to limit yourself to fresh ingredients only. Keep some of these Paleo snacks and canned goods on hand to help make your meals complete.
- Nuts and Seeds: All nuts and seeds, tahini, and sugar- and preservative-free nut butters and milks
- Beverages: Coffee, black and herbal teas, mineral water, and soda water
- Canned and Jarred Foods: Coconut milk, vanilla extract, no-sugar-added tomato products (whole, crushed, sauce), no-sugar-added chicken/beef/vegetable broth, olives (black and green), and capers
- Dry Goods: Nongrain flours (almond, flax, coconut), arrowroot powder, no-sugar-added coconut, vanilla beans, 100 percent cacao bars, 100 percent cocoa powder, espresso powder, dried mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes
Paleo Recipes to TryGet the recipe for Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
Now that you have a fully stocked Paleo pantry, it's time to put it to use! Try these Paleo desserts and meals to mix up your meal plan this week: